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Article: Management of survival guilt by a Chinese widower through the use of continuing bonds

TitleManagement of survival guilt by a Chinese widower through the use of continuing bonds
Authors
KeywordsChinese widower
Continuing bonds
Organ recipients
Organ transplantation
Survivor guilt
Issue Date2010
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13576275.asp
Citation
Mortality, 2010, v. 15 n. 1, p. 38-46 How to Cite?
AbstractDeath of a live organ donor as a result of organ transplantation is rare. However, such a death can be a devastating experience for the organ recipients, especially so if the donors are close relatives. Donor recipients commonly experienced survival guilt and this guilt may lead to complicated grief. Given the low prevalence of such deaths caused by organ transplantation, little is known about its impact on the survivor recipients. This lack of awareness may lead to disenfranchisement of grief in individuals who lose their close relatives. Based on the conventionally neglected perspective of one Chinese widower whose spouse died after giving him a portion of her liver, this article documents how he managed his survival guilt through continuing bonds with his deceased spouse. Effects of continuing bonds are discussed and the article concludes with recommendations. Continuing bonds highlighted in this article are defined as the integration of the deceased's identity into the life of bereaved individuals. In this study, it was observed that this integration may be therapeutic in elevating survival guilt experienced by Chinese individuals who have lost their close relatives after receiving the close relatives' organ. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/88103
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.173
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dc.contributor.authorWoo, IMHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:38:49Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:38:49Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationMortality, 2010, v. 15 n. 1, p. 38-46en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1357-6275en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/88103-
dc.description.abstractDeath of a live organ donor as a result of organ transplantation is rare. However, such a death can be a devastating experience for the organ recipients, especially so if the donors are close relatives. Donor recipients commonly experienced survival guilt and this guilt may lead to complicated grief. Given the low prevalence of such deaths caused by organ transplantation, little is known about its impact on the survivor recipients. This lack of awareness may lead to disenfranchisement of grief in individuals who lose their close relatives. Based on the conventionally neglected perspective of one Chinese widower whose spouse died after giving him a portion of her liver, this article documents how he managed his survival guilt through continuing bonds with his deceased spouse. Effects of continuing bonds are discussed and the article concludes with recommendations. Continuing bonds highlighted in this article are defined as the integration of the deceased's identity into the life of bereaved individuals. In this study, it was observed that this integration may be therapeutic in elevating survival guilt experienced by Chinese individuals who have lost their close relatives after receiving the close relatives' organ. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13576275.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofMortalityen_HK
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in Mortality, 2010, v. 15 n. 1, p. 38-46. Mortality is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13576275.asp-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChinese widoweren_HK
dc.subjectContinuing bondsen_HK
dc.subjectOrgan recipientsen_HK
dc.subjectOrgan transplantationen_HK
dc.subjectSurvivor guilten_HK
dc.titleManagement of survival guilt by a Chinese widower through the use of continuing bondsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13576270903537633en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume15en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridChan, CLW=35274549700en_HK

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